PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“What do I lose when I have a praying life? Control. Independence. What do I gain? Friendship with God. A quiet heart. The living work of God in the hearts of those I love. The ability to roll back the tide of evil. Essentially, I lose my kingdom and get his. I move from being an independent player to a dependent lover. I move from being an orphan to a child of God” Paul E. Miller (ref#62, p125-126).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You keep guard over knowledge, and overthrow the words of the treacherous (Prov 22:12), I will wait for You.

Because all Your decrees and precepts are sure (fixed, established, and trustworthy) (Ps 111:7), I will wait for You.

Because Your works stand fast and are established forever and ever (Ps 111:8), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: July 15th – 21st

July 15      Joel 1-3; Rom 2

July 16      Jonah 1-4; Rom 3

July 17      2 Kings 13-14; 2 Chron 25; Rom 4

July 18      Amos 1-3; Rom 5

July 19      Amos 4-6; Rom 6

July 20     Amos 7-9; Ps 44

July 21      Isa 1-3; Rom 7

PRELUDE OF PRAYER

 

Prayer Facts:

You don’t need self-discipline to pray continuously; you just need to be poor in spirit” Paul E. Miller (ref#62, p65).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You keep covenant, loving-kindness, and mercy for those who love You and keep Your commandments (Neh 1:5), I will wait for You.

Because You do not withdraw Your eyes from me (Job 36:7), I will wait for You.

Because You open my ears to instruction and discipline (Job 36:10), I will wait for You.

Because You give songs of rejoicing in the night (Job 35:10), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: May 27th – June 2nd

May 27      Prov 3; 2 Cor 13

May 28      Prov 4; Ps 33

May 29      Prov 5; Matt 1

May 30      Prov 6; Matt 2

May 31      Prov 7; Matt 3

June 1       Prov 8; Matt 4

June 2       Prov 9; Matt 5

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

Prayer Facts:

“There is nothing secret about communion with God. If we live a holy life before God, broken of our pride and self-will, crying out for grace, then we will be in communion with God. It is really that simple” Paul E. Miller (ref#62, p247).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You do not forsake those who seek You (Ps 9:10), I will wait for You.

Because You make a covering over those who take refuge in You and defend them (Ps 5:11), I will wait for You.

Because You will cause Your ear to hear the desires and the longing of the humble and oppressed, and will prepare and strengthen and direct their hearts (Ps 10:17), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: April 29th – May 5th

Apr 29            2 Sam 6; 1 Chron 13; Ps 27

Apr 30            1 Chron 14-15; 1 Cor 13

May 1              1 Chron 16; Ps 132

May 2             2 Sam 7; 1 Chron 17; 1 Cor 14

May 3             2 Sam 8-9; 1 Chron 18; 1 Cor 15

May 4             2 Sam 10; 1 Chron 19-20; 1 Cor 16

May 5             2 Sam 11-12; Ps 51

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

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Prayer Facts:

“…if I suffer, I learn how to pray. As I learn how to pray, I learn how to endure suffering”  Paul E. Miller (ref#62, p21).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You relieve the fatherless and widow (Ps 146:9), I will wait for You.

Because You execute justice for the oppressed (Ps 146:7), I will wait for You.

Because You are a safe refuge for the poor (Ps 14:6), I will wait for You.

Because You send forth Your mercy and lovingkindness and Your truth and faithfulness (Ps 57:3), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: March 18th -24th

Mar 18            Josh 3-6; Mark 8

Mar 19            Josh 7-8; Mark 9

Mar 20            Josh 9-11; Mark 10

Mar 21            Josh 12-14; Ps 19

Mar 22            Josh 15-17; Mark 11

Mar 23            Josh 18-20; Mark 12

Mar 24            Josh 21-22; Mark 13

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

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Prayer Facts:

“…don’t hunt for a feeling in prayer. Deep in our psyches we want an experience with God or an experience in prayer. Once we make that our quest, we lose God. You don’t experience God; you get to know him. You submit to him. You enjoy him. He is, after all, a person”  Paul E. Miller (ref#62, p21).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit bruised with sorrow for sin (Isa 57:15), I will wait for You.

Because You have loved me with an everlasting love, and with loving-kindness have drawn me and continue Your faithfulness to me (Jer 31:3), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: March 11th – 17th

Mar 11            Deut 19-21; Mark 4

Mar 12            Deut 22-24; Ps 15

Mar 13            Deut 25-27; Mark 5

Mar 14            Deut 28-29; Mark 6

Mar 15            Deut 30-31; Ps 16

Mar 16            Deut 32-34; Ps 18

Mar 17            Josh 1-2; Mark 7

ADORATION

SCRIPTURE AND THE SPIRIT

Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 4.42.33 PM…FATHER, the words You have set in Your Bible are encased in human language but they are not limited to what the human mind can perceive (ref#79, p150). I recognize biblical writings as informative, intriguing, or entertaining but my mind can do nothing to connect me with the words—nothing to change the condition of my heart. Only by the SPIRIT does the words become personal.

“God’s language in his book is alive and full of power. Sharper than a two-edged sword, it cuts open the very thought life of people. It exposes and interprets what they think and feel” Will Metzger (ref#79, p150).

The SPIRIT’s witness to Scripture is not revealing new information but shedding light on what is already written. With the SPIRIT present to interpret the precious words for me my whole being is impressed upon. I am able to react to the words in the same way I sense taste and color (ref#56, p1677, “The Authentication of Scripture”). “As I saturate my life with the Word, I give the Spirit a vocabulary to personalize the Word to me” Paul E. Miller (ref#62, p246). Surely the inward work of the HOLY SPIRIT persuades and assures me that what I’m reading is written for me.

“We read the Scriptures in vain unless we come to them earnestly desiring a better knowledge of God’s will for us…” Arthur W. Pink (ref#152, p173).

SUPPLICATION

GENERAL SICKNESS

[The majority of our prayers concern physical health. We all know someone who is dealing with the pain of sickness. Here is an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

A SPIRITUAL DANCE

 Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.39.44 PM…FATHER, You invite me to knock and urge me to keep on knocking and if I keep on reverently knocking You will open to me (Matt 7:7). I am knocking for ____ for (he/she) is presently ill; I offer up this sacrifice of prayer for (him/her).

I thank You that You include in Your Bible stories that reveal the interaction You desire from ____. You have a man-shaped blank in Your heart (ref#100, p25) where only (he/she) will fit. Your Scriptures reveal Your desire for relationship.

Matthew, in his gospel, tells the story of a Canaanite woman who entreats JESUS relentlessly because she wants help for her daughter who is possessed by a demon (Matt 15:22). JESUS listens to her but does nothing even when His disciples beg Him to send her away.

FATHER, instead of healing immediately, JESUS delays by giving this woman reason why He is not obligated to heal her daughter, He says, …”I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt 15:24 ESV).  However, this does not deter the woman. She overlooks His words and repeats her request with more boldness because she now knows He is paying attention to her.

His response is yet another delay: “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs” (Matt 15:26 ESV).  She ignores His discouraging words and continues pleading, adding logic to her request, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table” (Matt 15:27 ESV).

Because JESUS waited to heal, it brought out the creative, feisty spirit of the woman as well as the level of desire for her request to be answered (ref.#62, p189-190). This spiritual dance between JESUS and the woman deepened their relationship.

And relationship is the ultimate objective. JESUS, talking of eternal life in Matthew seven, declares to people He does not know, “Depart from me” (Matt 7:23).

FATHER, I again make my request to You for ____’s healing. Use this prayer to answer my request while, at the same time, deepening my own relationship with You. And lead ____ into an interaction with You, too. Healing and praying for healing has no value if fellowship is not obtained or strengthened.